A deadly crash involving multiple vehicles on the Cross Bronx Expressway claimed the lives of three victims late last month. The early morning truck accident in The Bronx happened just before six on the morning of December 27th when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer stopped short to avoid running into a car ahead of it. A second big truck following close behind failed to stop in time and crushed a pickup truck between it and the first truck. The massive force of the collision pushed the first truck into the rear of a sedan-driving the car up onto the concrete median divider.
Three of the five men inside the pickup truck were killed instantly when the massive 18-wheeler rolled up and on top of the pickup. Two other men in the truck, the driver of one of the 18-wheelers, and the driver of the Toyota Corolla at the head of the pileup were taken to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital.
Investigators believe the accident was caused by a fatal concoction of slick roadways, excessive speed, and “tailgating.” The driver of the second tractor-trailer even admitted to reporters that there wasn’t enough space between the vehicles to stop in time.
Busy New York City highways can be a death trap for innocent drivers. Tons of steel hurdling down the roadways at high speed can kill in an instant. But even the victims who do survive these encounters with metal mayhem can be left battered, scarred, and broken for life.
If you or a family member has been injured by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering and lost wages – past and future. In addition, a driver or passenger is eligible for no-fault benefits from the insurance company for the vehicle they occupied at the time of the accident, which will pay for all health related expenses and up to $2,000 a month for lost wages.